Field and Greenhouse Technician

Field and Greenhouse Technician

Field of Work:  Breeding stations

Thriplow, East of England, GB

Legal Entity:  KWS UK Ltd. (0097)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote: 
Job ID:  14433

KWS UK Ltd. is looking to recruit at the earliest opportunity a Field and Greenhouse Technician. This is a full-time, permanent position based in Thriplow near Cambridge. 

In this position you will join our team and assist with field, barn, laboratory and glasshouse operations essential for the successful development of new varieties. 

We offer a hands-on working environment and the chance to work with highly motivated and qualified colleagues. 


What you will do: 

  • You carry out field activities such as sowing, pest control, rogueing, scoring, harvesting.
  • You work indoors on seed processing and identification of varietal characteristics.
  • You work in the glasshouses to harvest material or to cross varieties.
  • You are a key member of the variety purification and maintenance team.  


What you offer: 

  • You are eager to learn about plant breeding. 

  • You are able to work within teams and alone. 

  • You are trustworthy and reliable. 

  • You have a UK driving license. 

  • Agricultural machinery experience would be beneficial but not essential. 

  • You are willing to work longer hours during harvest, drilling and other peak periods. 


Our offer:

  • Key focus on professional and personal development. “Make yourself grow”.
  • 35 working hours weekly – additional working hours will be expected based on seasonal demands (especially in July - Sep).
  • 30 days of annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • Highly competitive Pension Scheme with 16% Company contribution and 1.2% minimum employee contribution.
  • Life Assurance, of three times annual salary.
  • Income Protection Plan at 75% of salary for long-term illness and disability for a period of three years.
  • Private Health Care Plan.
  • Profit Related Bonus Scheme, targeted at 10% of annual salary.
  • Membership of Lifestyles discount scheme.
  • Reduced diesel prices from the company’s fuel pump.


Due to recent government changes in salary requirements for VISA, KWS will not be able to sponsor applicants for this role.


About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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